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Gluten 101

7/14/2014

There's no shortage of information about celiac disease, and that presents challenges for anyone wanting to know more about how it impacts diet and health. Best Food Facts has developed a “Gluten 101” slideshow to help consumers gain a quick and easy overview of the condition.

Is Wood Pulp Being Added to Your Food?

7/1/2014

Technically, the answer is “yes.” It’s called cellulose and it is the basic building block of the cell walls of all plants and is considered a complex carbohydrate. But "cellulose is cellulose” whether it comes from wood pulp or celery. So should you be concerned?

New Study: Diet Beverages Can Help People Lose Weight

6/4/2014

Drinking diet beverages can help people lose weight. That’s one of the conclusions in a study appearing in the June issue of the Journal of The Obesity Society.

Could GMOs Be the Cause of an Allergic Reaction?

5/21/2014

Recently Best Food Facts received a consumer question about whether GMOs could be responsible for an allergic reaction of rash and hives after eating a salad with fruits and veggies.

To answer this, we reached out to Denneal Jamison-McClung, Associate Director – Biotechnology program at University of California-Davis.

Onions for Healthy Hair and Scalp?

5/1/2014

We've heard stories about using certain food products for long, beautiful locks of hair, but what about onions? Rita Pichardo-Geisinger, MD, Assistant Professor, Dermatology Department, Wake Forest Baptist Health, answered a reader's question about using onions for a healthy scalp.

Is There a Link Between Red Meat and Cancer?

4/24/2014

 

In 1986, researchers discovered cancer developing in rats that were fed compounds that are generated from overcooking meat under high heat. And since then, some studies of large populations have suggested a potential connection between meat and cancer. But, is there a direct cause-and-effect relationship between red meat consumption and cancer?
 

 

Dr. Ruth MacDonald, Chair of the Food Science Department at Iowa State University, and Dr. Wendy Dahl, PhD, RD, FDC, Assistant Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, University of Florida, have differing opinions.

 

Nutrition at Just the Right Temperature

3/3/2014

Can you cook the nutrients out of your food?

Is There Any Truth to the Five-Second Rule?

2/20/2014

Have you heard of the five-second rule? That moment when you drop a tasty morsel of food on the ground, your heart sinks - you were looking forward to eating that! Is it safe to eat it if you're able to pick it up within five seconds?

We were curious if there was any truth to the five-second rule, so we reached out to Keith R. Schneider, PhD, Professor, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Florida.

Is Processed Food Dangerous?

2/9/2014

Is it safe to eat processed food? Julie M. Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, CFS, FICC, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emerita, Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University, says to look beyond the processing and focus on the diet as a whole.

Is Food Laced with Harmful Chemicals?

2/3/2014

It's true - your food contains chemicals. Julie M. Jones, PhD, CNS, LN, CFS, FICC, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emerita, Foods and Nutrition, St. Catherine University, says, "Food is made of chemicals." But not all chemicals are bad, explains Dr. Jones.

Know More, Eat More

1/3/2014

Registered Dietitian and author Carolyn O'Neil shares the benefits of knowing more about food.

Is Coconut Oil Good for Me?

1/2/2014

Coconuts are all the rage! Coconut water, coconut milk and coconut oils are continually touted for their health and nutrition benefits and versatility for baking and cooking. But is coconut oil really good for us? 

Top Posts of 2013

12/30/2013

As the year winds down, we'd like to thank all of our readers for taking time to ask questions about food. We appreciate being a trusted source of reliable information! We'd also like to thank all the food system experts we work with for providing their thoughts and expertise throughout the year.

Should You Worry About Acrylamide?

12/26/2013

Acrylamide continues to be a trending topic in many news outlets. And though you may have read an article or two on the topic, you might still find yourself wondering what acrylamide is and whether you should be concerned. We had similar questions, so we did some research.

Are Canned Fruits and Veggies Healthy?

12/18/2013

Missing some of your favorite juicy summer fruits? Or, maybe those crisp fall veggies? Enjoying the frozen, dehydrated or canned versions of these fruits and vegetables is a great way to get the wonderful taste and nutrients from your favorite out-of-season produce.

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